While I was recovering from brain cancer (now in remission), I was stuck in bed and in isolation for months. I searched for photographers on YouTube to fill my time.
[You can watch the video my journey with brain cancer here.]
Thomas Heaton was the first landscape photographer I followed. His passion and joy really helped with my mood. He's located in the Lake District (England) but he's traveled extensively. I emailed him, pretty much a fan letter, and he actually replied. A really nice guy.
Adam Karnacz (a.k.a. First Man Photography), another British (North Yorkshire) landscape photographer and filmmaker. His "how to" videos stand out the most.
Jamie Windsor, a third British (London based) photographer. He gives the background, history and thought process of photography. An intellectual photographer.
Yes, all three are British. It's the accent. My wife is British and I could listen to her all day. "Mow the lawn, darling" and I'm on it. It was love at first listen.
Until next time, happy shooting!
Mandatory plug for my Channel:
Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
Balanced composition is pretty straightforward, unless you are trying to shoot in the "Accidental Renaissance" style. So shoot a balanced image in the Accidental Renaissance style.
Note: This photograph is available for purchase.
I contacted the ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association) through LinkedIn.
The Director of Patient Services, Nadia Spawn, thought it was inspirational and is now featuring my video on the messageboards under "Survivor Stories".
I'm also mentoring people online who are battling this horrendous disease.
A portion of the proceeds from my photography is donated to ABTA.
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. -- Bernard Williams
A continuation of 13 creative exercises for photographers.
Find something to carry with you and work it into your subject.
This was my best:
For more on these exercises.
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Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
Tell a story. Make it compelling while only using shadow.
Note: Reminder of what the Dogwood Weekly Photo Challenge is. And we're a 1/3 of the way there!
I'm on Facebook also!
It's there that all of my galleries, blogs and photo accounts meet and gather.
See you there!
Instagram: Quite the quandary. The co-founders of the hottest app wanted to create a platform for people to communicate through quick snaps. There were no filters in the original version or location tags. Simple daily images.
I was a purist. No edited, professional photos allowed. My tagline on my Instagram bio: "Life as a photographer. All of these everyday shots are taken with my iPhone."
But who wants to view everyday photos now? With filters and HDR and editing software everyday photos are left behind. So I'm testing fine art photographs on Instagram now. I'll see how this develops.
My first fine art photograph shared on my Instagram feed:
You can follow me on Instagram @lanebillingphotos here.
Yep, I did it! Thanks to Thomas Heaton for the inspiration.
Follow my adventure or misadventures on video.